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Date:10/29/2012

and a heart solution purchased from or produced by the company after May 21.

The CDC on Saturday had the following state-by-state breakdown of cases: Florida: 22 cases, including 3 deaths; Georgia, 1 case; Idaho, 1 case; Illinois, 1 case; Indiana: 44 cases, including 3 deaths; Maryland: 19 cases, including 1 death; Michigan: 82 cases, including 5 deaths; Minnesota: 9 cases; New Hampshire: 11 cases; New Jersey: 18 cases; New York: 1 case; North Carolina: 2 cases, including 1 death; Ohio: 13 cases; Pennsylvania: 1 case; South Carolina: 1 case; Tennessee: 74 cases, including 10 deaths; Texas: 1 case; Virginia: 43 cases, including 2 deaths.

Health officials said they expect to see more cases of the rare type of meningitis, which is not contagious, because symptoms can take a month or more to appear.

Infected patients have developed a range of symptoms approximately one to four weeks following their injection. People who have had a steroid injection since July, and have any of the following symptoms, should talk to their doctor as soon as possible: worsening headache, fever, sensitivity to light, stiff neck, new weakness or numbness in any part of your body or slurred speech, the CDC said.

Infected patients must be treated with intravenous drugs in a hospital.

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The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more about injections for back pain.

SOURCES: Oct. 29, 2012, The New York Times; Oct. 26, 2012, news briefing with: Steven Lynn, director, Office of Manufacturing and Product Quality, Office of Compliance, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Oct. 26, 2012, updated statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Oct. 18, 2012, news release, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration; CBS News;
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